SURF SPOTS AROUND OUR HOME AT THE OCEANThere are many beautiful surf spots around our little fishing town of El Cotillo…
Fuerteventura and El Cotillo – “Our home”
Whether beginner or advanced surfer, any surfer can find the most suitable surf spot here on the island. Sometimes you have to search a little and check many differnt places, because the prediction is not always what it seems to be. No, honestly, on paper or screen it looks sometimes excellent, but locally it there can be disturbing influences, such as currents or local winds, that set everything in a different light. All year round, Fuerteventura offers surf spots with constant swell and holds something for every surfing level.
There are a lot of surf spots in our area, here on the west coast, then along the North Shore you will come to some awesome surf spots on Fuerteventura’s east coast around Corralejo and deep down in the southern part of the island you can find perfect waves. As a result, we have provided little overview of the “main” surf spots. If you have any questions you can come into the surf school here in Fuerteventura at any time and we’ll try to advise you accordingly to your surfing level on the best spots. The water temperature varies between 17° C in winter and 22° C in summer. The outside temperature in winter is also very high, with an average temperature of 25° C . We mostly surf in boardshorts and wetsuit tops in summer or thinner wetsuits of 3/2 mm during the winter season.
Surfspots around Cotillo – just click a wave of your choice and start exploring:
SURFSPOTS FUERTEVENTURA – WEST COAST
Playa de las Mujeres (Tindaya)
If the north shore is flat, you will still find waves on this beach. It Picks up any swell from north to west. It is an easy beachbreak for all levels, and works best with east wind. Watch out for the currents. Best season: September and October.
Powerful beachbreak with barrel sections. Picks up swell from north to west. The huge cliffs will shelter you from the northeast wind. You will score way longer rides than in El Cotillo. All year around spot. Works best during the summer season.
Powerful beachbreak, often closes out when swell is overhead or tide is wrong for the banks. Banks improve after winter scouring offering makeable barrel sections. The cliffs at the north end offer some north wind protection. Picks up north to west swell. Good intermediate spot. All year around, if it’s not too big or too small.
Surfspots Fuerteventura – Northshore (west)
It is a sheltered surf spot, ideal when it’s a bit too big, too messy or too windy everywhere else. Even surfable with (strong) onshore wind. Large swells reform on an often shallow take off zone. The wave then peels left into the bay offering several small sections. Careful to not get sucked out the back by the strong current, non-stop paddeling is a must! Only works between mid and high tide. Always crowded! Best season: september till may.
Very good beginners spot with mellow and mushy waves. Perfect for your first long white water rides. A very untypical spot for the North Shore because the waves break quite disordered. Big or small, there’s always some foam to ride. Ocasionaly good for longboarders if it’s glassy and small. Best season: All year around.
La Derecha de los Alemanes or German Right
‘La Derecha de los Alemanes’ is a steep right reef break that picks up any swell from north to west. On a good day you can score some barrel sections. With a big western swell The German Right is often the only rideable spot on the north shore. On smaller days you can also surf a shorter lefthander. Better on low tide. Surrounded by a nice sand beach for after surf or camping. Also known as: The German Right // Best season: October till March.
El Hierro – La Izquierda
‘El Hierro’ hast got many names e. g. ‘La Izquierda’ or ‘The Left’. It is a great reef break that is at his best with swell from the north. On a good day you can score some barrel sections. Gets crowded when it’s classic. Best with east wind. Surrounded by a nice sand beach for after surf or camping. Best season: October till March.
Superb wave of a very high level; a flat, tubing a-frame of special quality, which works best with west swell and east wind. It is known as a board snapper and suitable only for very good surfers. It is a very fast and very busy wave – especially if it is good . Respect the locals or stay outside and watch and learn. Best season is from October to March.
Surfspots Fuerteventura – North Shore (Centre)
Majanicho – Inside (Left)
Popular A-frame that starts working when the main spots on the north shore are oversized. Even surfable with (strong) onshore wind. Tip: Launch from the little beach in the corner of the bay to avoid a reef walk. Best season: November till April.
Majanicho – Inside (Right)
Mellow righthander that starts working when the main spots on the north shore are oversized. Even surfable with some onshore wind. Tip: Launch from the little beach in the corner of the bay to avoid a reef walk. Perfect for intermediates and longboarders. Best season: November till April.
Majanicho – Outside
It is a mellow righthander that picks up any swell from the north. When it gets too big, the inside breaks start to work. Long rides that shoulder off predictably and give plenty of cutback practice for intermediates and cruisers. Best with east wind and low tide. When the Calima (east wind) pics up, windsurfers will rule the peak. Give them a couple of hours and come back later when the wind drops: You will get a glassy sunset session. Long paddle out. Has become a popular SUP spot. Best season: October till March.
Surfspots Fuerteventura – North Shore (East)
Famous big-wave spot which is best with west swell and south-west wind. When it’s pumping you might witness a live tow-in show. Crowded when it’s small. Board snapper spot, only for experts. Best season: October till March.
Shallow left and right reefbreek on the inside of Mejiones. Also called ‘Lazy’s’: you hardly have to paddle to get barreled! At it’s best with a firm west swell and south-west wind. Board snapper spot, only for experts! Best season: October till March.
Mellow right and left reef break. Picks up swell from the west. The left works best from low to mid tide. Best with west wind. Best season: October till March.
Surfspots Fuerteventura – Corralejo
Long walled lefthander next to the port of Corralejo. Best with swell and wind from the west. Don’t surf the left with high tide, you can get smacked on the reef. At high tide the shorter righthander is the best option. Also known as: Harbour Wall. Best season: November till April.
Rocky Point – Punta Elena
When the North Shore is getting big, a peak breaks out between the island of Lobos and Corralejo. It starts outside as a big right shoulder that guarantees long rides. But inside there’s a faster and smaller left and right. The outside reef has become a famous SUP spot. Perfect for intermediates and longboarders. Tip: Launch behind the corner to avoid a long ‘rocky’ walk. Also known as: ‘Rocky Point’ or ‘Punta Elena’. Best season: November till March.
Surf spots Fuerteventura – Corralejo (East)
Powerfull beachbreak with barrel sections on a sand covered reef. Starts working when the north shore is getting oversized. Picks up big northwest swell and northwest wind is offshore here. Best surfed at high tide. Best season: November till April.
Nice A-frame in the middle of the dunes of Corralejo. Rarely works in winter because it needs a huge northwest swell. Most surfed in summer with northeast wind swell from knee to double overhead. Best in the morning and evening because windsurfers will take over the peak when the trade wind picks up. Wokrs best during the summer season!
Playa del Moro
Beachbreak for all levels, very popular by the local surf schools. Rarely works in winter because it needs a huge northwest swell. Most surfed in summer with northeast wind swell. Best season: April till September.
Surfspots Fuerteventura – East Coast
A big bay located just above the capital of the island. Offers a left- and right reef break. Needs a northeast wind swell delivering headhigh sets. Best in the morning and evening because wind- and kitesurfers will take over the peak when the trade wind picks up. Best season: April till September.
A big sandbeach located between the capital and the airport of the island. Most surfed in summer because it needs a northeast wind swell. Very good beginners spot as the waves are very mellow and mushy. Best season: All year around.
Is it possible to practice as a beginner surfer on Fuerteventura by myself?
Even outside of our surf lessons Fuerteventura and especially El Cotillo offers some very good surf spots for beginners.
Wenn do intermediates and advanced surfers find the best conditions?
Between September and May, there often are larger swells and less wind on Fuerteventura. Therefore we would recommend this period for more advanced surfers. Beginners and Intermediates will find good waves all year round if they do not mind the wind.
Would you guys recommend a rental car?
In order to discover the island we absolutely recomment a rental car. This is for sure the most pleasant way to explore the island. Fuerteventura has some natural treasures, which are most easily accessible by car.